Roleystone Theatre update - FAQs
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Following a routine building maintenance inspection in February 2018, a number of structural issues were observed and it was deemed necessary to close the theatre to ensure the safety of the public. The City has since installed bracing to support the theatre’s fly tower and commissioned a structural report on the building. The report was presented to Council in August and concluded that significant structural rectification works are required in order for the building to be fit for any purpose. The Council now needs to consider what is involved in making the theatre functional and safe once again before deciding on a future course of action.
In 1922 a timber framed public Hall of approximately 110 square metres was built on Brookton Highway with funds raised by the Roleystone Progress Association. The Hall was used for the district’s community, social and cultural events and in 1933 the Roleystone Choral and Dramatic Society was formed. What became known as the Old Roleystone Hall became the venue for the group’s many productions. In 1985 the group became incorporated and changed its name to the Roleystone Theatre.
Many additions and alterations have been made to the building with funds from the theatre group, external sources and from time to time from the City. Over the years works were undertaken either by the theatre group or the City. The building now has an overall footprint of around 520 square metres (over 4 times larger than the original hall) and now includes a stage and backstage facilities; a foyer entrance, bio box, fixed tiered seating, props room, make up and dressing rooms, public toilets and a fly tower.
The Old Roleystone Hall, now known as the Roleystone Theatre has hosted a many theatrical productions and other cultural and social activities over a number of years.
Responsibility for maintenance and upkeep of the building is shared under the conditions of the agreement between the City and the Roleystone Theatre Group. The City allocates funding for the maintenance of all of its buildings including the Roleystone Theatre and has undertaken maintenance works when required.
As is normal practice, once major community facility projects are identified, such as the potential redevelopment of the Roleystone Theatre, they are investigated; assessed and then considered for inclusion in to the City’s long term financial plan. This is the process that has been used for recent and current projects including redevelopments at Frye Park, the Greendale Centre, Aquatic Centre, Armadale District Hall, Seville Grove Library and the Champion Centre. This is the process that has now commenced for the Roleystone Theatre.
The Roleystone Theatre Group has presented two productions since the closure of the theatre, one at Cecil Andrews College and one at the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre. Since the closure of the theatre, the City has been working closely with the group to assist them to remain active in Armadale. Roleystone Hall has been identified as a temporary home where they can rehearse, store equipment and build sets etc with some modifications to be made to the hall to make it more suited to theatrical performances. The group has not yet finalised its future productions, although they will most likely present seasons at a number of venues including the redeveloped Armadale District Hall, at outdoors venues as well as at Roleystone Hall.
Council will be considering a report in December 2018 to identify the next steps.